New York Minute

In my 2017 New Years Resolution to travel more, I took a short weekend trip to the fabulous New York City! This time around, my friend and I were able to find an awesome hotel deal, so we were able to stay in TriBeCa in a nice hotel, rather than crashing on our friends couches/floors….

My 2017 Travel Destinations

While I didn’t have the opportunity to travel much this year, I’m hoping to travel about the globe in 2017. Below are my top travel destinations for the upcoming year. Here’s to hoping that I can venture outside of D.C. to visit these beautiful locations! The Netherlands When I was younger, I visited the beautiful…

Christmas in New York

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! From Elf to Eloise at Christmas to Miracle on 34th St. to Home Alone, New York has been home to some of the most magical Christmas stories and movies. Every year I watched anxiously as Buddy saved Christmas by helping Santa in Central Park and have dreamed…

White House Christmas

Twinkling lights, the scent of pine, and a freshly baked gingerbread house. Snowmen, and holly, and a jolly good time was the theme at the White House Christmas Tour. While I don’t have  the time to explain the beauty and splendor of this dream come true, I will leave you all with a few of…

Bruges

On a cold winter morning, we wandered through the knolls and fog of Belgium to the medieval storybook town of Bruges. It was 6 AM when we left the warmth of our AirBnb to walk downtown and catch our BlaBla car to the countryside. As we napped in our carpool, we passed through the dense…

Local: Plaça de la Virreina

One of my favorite study abroad tips to other individuals is to stay local. Venture outside of your group of American friends from your study abroad group, and start a conversation in a new language and be off on your way. In this edition of staying local, I’ve decided to reflect at my days spent…

Simba Sees Barcelona

For those of you who don’t know, Simba, my precious stuffed animal, is my favorite travel buddy. From changing Simba’s diapers, to carrying Simba around to see the National Parks, Simba has seen it all. So here’s a fun account of my time with Simba in beautiful Barcelona. Enjoy! Parc Güell Unfortunately, the park was only free…

A Quest for Fall

Crisp weather, warm sweaters, and crunchy leaves under my feet. Ah yes, fall is coming. Fall is by far my favorite season, leading into the all important Thanksgiving meal and  getting you prepped for Christmas time in December. So while I’m sipping my apple cider and eating a cinnamon-pumpkin cookie, I’d like to share with…

Keeping it Local: Sweet Eats in New York City

The Bagel Store, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Ah, the famous rainbow bagels. This cute  little bagel shop has been transformed into an insta worthy tourist trip to the cute neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Be sure to arrive early, because the wait will be at least 30 minutes, with the line wrapped in, around, and out the…

10 Necessities for your Summer Backpacking Trip

Are you embarking on a life-changing trip to Europe this summer? Perhaps you’ve bought a one way ticket to a random country and are waiting to see where it’ll lead you. Either way, here are some tips to help you plan and pack light for your next big trip! 1. A sturdy pair of shoes:…

Abstract: La Pedrera de Gaudi

When I was in Barcelona, I participated in a student program with the students of UC and University of Illinois schools. My favorite memories with this program were our field trips to different parts of Barcelona and the rest of Catalunya. The first field trip we took was to La Pedrera, a beautiful and spectacular…

San Sebastian: Playas y Pintxos

Pintxos, beaches, lush green rolling hills, and the land of the oldest language in Europe… Donostia was truly a splendor for a weekend trip… This weekend trip started with a bright and early 4:30 AM bus  ride to catch the first metro to the Barcelona airport from my tiny Gracia apartment. As painful as these early morning…